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April 2018

Naked Grouse Wednesdays: MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, April 25 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Naked Grouse sponsors the MN Songwriter Showcase at the Aster Cafe! To sign up for the MN Songwriter Showcase, please contact curator Nick Hensley at https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase/ Rotating Songwriters 8p-10:30p Call 612-379-3138 to reserve your table! Jim Walsh (music critic and author) called: "The Minnesota Songwriter Showcase is the piece de resistance of the area’s songwriter's, as hosted by songwriters/musicians Nick Hensley and backed by a two- and sometimes three-piece band. The talent level is always solid." Throughout the years we…

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Vicky Emerson Band Kickstarter Closing Party with Mother Banjo (Folk/Singer-songwriter) $8

Thursday, April 26 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter, Vicky Emerson, will be joined on stage with her incredible band for a night of Americana music. Vicky Emerson was raised in rural Wisconsin, has lived in New York City and San Francisco before relocating back to her roots in Minneapolis to raise her children. She has opened for songwriting luminaries such as Malcolm Holcombe and Gregory Alan Isakov, toured on a national basis and mentors songwriters on touring and career management. Wake Me When the Wind…

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Fourth Fridays: The Melvilles with special guest Cosmoline (Folk Rock) $7

Friday, April 27 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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David moved in across the alley from Karl. Steve bumped into David at a bar. David took a job at Dan’s company. Dan told us about a family member of his, Brian, and Brian had been in another band with Jeff. We all write and arrange songs together. The result is a friendly mongrel with a twangy, funky, bluesy, jangly, rock & roll bark. THE MELVILLES ARE: Brian Amelang: Keyboards, melodica, mandolin, accordion, fiddle, vocals Dan Andreasen: Saxophone Dan Mackaman:…

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The April Fools (Americana) $8

Saturday, April 28 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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The band's self-released debut in 2015 garnered airplay on over 140 radio stations across the US and Canada, including 90.3 KFAI and 89.3 The Current in the Twin Cities. Their brand new release (11/18/2017) "Colorwheel" on Blackberry Way Records is already generating interest over the airwaves where listeners responded enthusiastically to The April Fools' unique blend of Roots, Rock, and Americana. The band simply call themselves "American Rock and Roll." No matter what you call it, their shows at The…

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, April 29 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz,…

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Honky-Tonk Jump (Western Swing) $8

Sunday, April 29 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Honky-Tonk Jump plays swingin' Texas dance hall music in the tradition of Bob Wills, Milton Brown, Ernest Tubb and Spade Cooley with a sprinkling of Hank Williams and other early honky-tonk legends. This five-piece band rustles up a rhythm roundup with Dan Newton on accordion/vocals, Tom Schaefer on fiddle, Dan Lowinger on guitar, Vaughn Asselstine on bass and Dehl Gallagher on drums. Their music features signature twin and triple leads on accordion, fiddle and guitar with soulful vocals, all backed…

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May 2018

Naked Grouse Wednesdays: MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, May 2 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Naked Grouse sponsors the MN Songwriter Showcase at the Aster Cafe! Rotating Songwriters 8p-10:30p Call 612-379-3138 to reserve your table! To sign up for the MN Songwriter Showcase, please contact curator Nick Hensley by clicking HERE. Jim Walsh (music critic and author) called: "The Minnesota Songwriter Showcase is the piece de resistance of the area’s songwriter's, as hosted by songwriters/musicians Nick Hensley and backed by a two- and sometimes three-piece band. The talent level is always solid." Throughout the years…

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Dedric Clark (of The Social Animals) with special guest Jill Zimmerman (Rock/Indie) $8

Thursday, May 3 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Dedric Clark is the lead vocalist and lyricist of The Social Animals. In the last two years, they have shared the stage with The Shins, Moon Taxi, played the Firefly Music Festival, and joined a full U.S. tour with The All-American Rejects and Dashboard Confessional. Off the stage, they have worked with many influential creators, including Paul Kolderie (Radiohead, Pixies), Steve Berlin (Deer Tick, Los Lobos), and Chris Carrabba (Dashboard Confessional). When Dedric is not on tour with The Social…

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Laura Lou Album Release Party with special guest Mama Caught Fire (Indie Folk) $10

Friday, May 4 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Laura Lou is the breath of fresh air you didn't realize you needed to take. With songs that focus on authenticity, presence, and timelessness, Laura Lou draws you in with her full-body vocals, tender ballads, and fun driving folk rock bangers. Yes. Folk/Rock Bangers. Only in MPLS. Her first EP, Seduction Lullaby, was released in the Fall of 2014 and she's releasing her first full-length album in the Spring of 2018. www.lauraloumusic.com Laura Lou Video Link With special guests Mama…

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Tim Sparks & Phil Heywood (Finger-style Acoustic) $10

Saturday, May 5 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Tim Sparks and Phil Heywood are two of the reasons why Minnesota is known nationwide as a hotbed for acoustic fingerstyle guitar. Both guitarists are widely recognized for their solo careers and have inspired seasoned pros and aspiring students alike with their unique talents. Both are former National Fingerpicking Champions who have gone on to release numerous recordings and compile lengthy performance resumés. About ten years ago Tim and Phil began to work up duets and perform together. They’ve built…

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, May 6 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz,…

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Larry McDonough Jazz Quartet $8

Sunday, May 6 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Larry McDonough Trio will celebrate the two live recordings of legendary pianist and composer Bill Evans, bassist and composer Scott Lafaro, and drummer Paul Motian on June 25, 1961 at the Village Vanguard. “Sunday at the Village Vanguard” and “Waltz for Debby” were the last recordings of this trio, as LaFaro died in a car accident just ten days after the live date at the Village Vanguard. The trio revolutionized jazz, with each member improvising at the same time…

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Lightnin’ Joe Peterson (Rock N Roll) $5

Monday, May 7 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Lightnin' Joe Peterson is a songwriter and musician from the high desert of New Mexico. He has made his living as an internationally touring multi-instrumentalist for over 15 years, and is currently based in Minneapolis, MN. He is in the midst of recording his first solo EP, which will be available in the spring of 2018. https://www.facebook.com/LightninJoePeterson/ Music 8-10pm RESERVATIONS WORK LIKE ADVANCE TICKETS Call 612-379-3138 to save your spot! $5 cover charges on the tab.

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Naked Grouse Wednesdays: MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, May 9 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Naked Grouse sponsors the MN Songwriter Showcase at the Aster Cafe! Rotating Songwriters 8p-10:30p Call 612-379-3138 to reserve your table! To sign up for the MN Songwriter Showcase, please contact curator Nick Hensley by clicking HERE. Jim Walsh (music critic and author) called: "The Minnesota Songwriter Showcase is the piece de resistance of the area’s songwriter's, as hosted by songwriters/musicians Nick Hensley and backed by a two- and sometimes three-piece band. The talent level is always solid." Throughout the years…

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$20

RIVER ROOM: Ray Bonneville (Blues Singer Songwriter) $20 Adv / $25 Cash Door

Thursday, May 10 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Ray Bonneville is a hard driving, blues dipped, song and groove man writing about the people on the fringe of society. Ray’s vibe is loose and soulful, with a greasy guitar style, horn-like harmonica, smoky vocals and pulsing foot percussion. In 1999 he won the Juno award (Canada’s Grammy) and was nominated twice more. Ray's song “I am the Big Easy” was the most played song by American folk DJs, and won “Song of the Year” in 2009. Ray won…

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Dizzy Hat (Jazz/Jive/Soul) $8

Thursday, May 10 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Dizzy Hat is an organic mix of jive, funk and soul with compositions ranging from Katz’s off-beat originals to covers of Slim Gaillard, Oscar Brown Jr. and Tom Waits. Exploring dangerous new territory with any luck. Steve Katz- Bass, vocals Ken Goldman- Drums Lindsay Paine- Guitar Peter Vircks- Sax Matt Darling- Trombone Katz and Dogs BandCamp Music 8-10pm RESERVATIONS WORK LIKE ADVANCE TICKETS Call 612-379-3138 to save your spot! $8 cover on the tab.

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Nick Hensley Presents: Love Songs For Angry Men (Alt Country/Americana/Rock) $8

Friday, May 11 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Love Songs For Angry Men ... A Rare full band performance Pre-sale record release kick off party Nick Hensley's Love Songs For Angry Men The Acoustic Solo, Duo, Trio & Occasional(4-8 Piece) Full Band (with the terrible name) From Saint Paul, Minnesota (The Best City in the Twin Cities!) Nick Hensley is the former lead singer and co creator of The District, a regional soul & rock act from the upper Midwest, co based out of St. Paul, MN and…

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Second Saturdays: Kate Lynch & Her Most Excellent Fellows (Vintage Vocal Jazz) $10

Saturday, May 12 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Kate Lynch & Her Most Excellent Fellows join us every Second Saturday, beginning September 2017! Kate Lynch and Her Most Excellent Fellows. Five piece plays all the hits circa 1935, classic vintage pop/jazz. Kate on upright and vocals with the Most Excellent Fellows on drums, guitar, trombone and trumpet. Kate will present "Music & Booze" A light history of music and booze from 1908-1958. http://katelynchmusic.com Music 9-11pm RESERVATIONS WORK LIKE ADVANCE TICKETS Call 612-379-3138 to save your table! $10 cover…

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, May 13 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz,…

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Parisota Trio (Gypsy Jazz) $6

Sunday, May 13 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Parisota Trio is an alternate electric version of the Parisota Hot Club featuring founding member, bandleader and guitarist Robb Henry. Matt Senjem rounds out the trio on string bass along with jazz drummer extraordinaire, Jay Epstein. Many selections from the French guitarist Django Reinhardt are still performed alongside jazz standards and vintage pop music of the 1960's. An occasional detour into the psychedelic hinterlands is not uncommon. Bluesy ballads, sonic surprises and melodic improv are the signature for this genre…

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Ryan and Pony with special guests (Indie Rock) $8

Tuesday, May 15 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Ryan and Pony is a brand-new project, although these two indie-rockers have been kickin’ around the Minneapolis music scene for years. Whether it be fronting The Melismatics or playing with the likes of Soul Asylum, Mark Mallman, Phil Solem, The Rembrandts, Grant Hart, or Benjamin Cartel they have always brought an energy and passion to the stage and studio that is infectious. Now they bring their influences of post-punk, power pop, EDM, and good old-fashioned rock and roll together along…

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Lena Elizabeth with special guest Freaque (Indie Folk) $6

Thursday, May 17 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Lena Elizabeth is a singer songwriter from Minneapolis Minnesota writing songs influenced by folk storytelling with a strong voice rooted in the blues. Growing up in a house full of musicians, Lena works to blend old and new to create a roots/pop sound that is approachable across generations. www.lenaelizabeth.com https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=OwX4U3-BUpQ Freaque is a South Minneapolis based duo playing music for those who don't fit the standards our culture expects us to uphold. They are continuously experimenting with their sound which…

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Family Three (Gospel Folk) $7

Friday, May 18 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Family Three are just two guys and one gal who love music. They would describe their sound as "Blindie-Soulk" - Blues, Indie, Soul and Folk. They have been playing some form of music since they were kids, but it wasn't until recently that they decided to take the next step, and are on the journey of finding out what it means to put the passion of music in the front seat. http://www.familythreemusic.com RESERVATIONS WORK LIKE ADVANCE TICKETS Call 612-379-3138 to…

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Michael Shynes with special guest Chris Koza (Singer/Songwriter) $20

Saturday, May 19 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

"Stylistically, he is difficult to pigeonhole because his sound amalgamates many different flavors, blending R&B, pop and blues into awesomely immediate melodies, evocative lyrics and contagious rhythms. Michael Shynes really has it going on." -The Huffington Post "Michael Shynes flies with inspired musical creativity and reaches the sort of heights we aren’t accustomed to hearing performers match so early in their careers. Shynes' dedication has paid off and he’s well on his way to embodying his every musical ambition." -No…

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An Evening of Songwriters Featuring: Dylan Hicks, Molly Maher, Mary Bue and Marvelty $10

Sunday, May 20 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Dylan Hicks is a musician and writer. His acclaimed fifth album, Ad Out, was produced by John Munson and features eleven tuneful, character-driven songs smartly arranged around Hicks’s piano. He’s also the author of two novels, Amateurs and Boarded Windows, and has written journalism, criticism, essays, and word puzzles for the New York Times, the Village Voice, Slate, the New England Review, the Paris Review Daily, and many other publications. https://www.dylanhicks.com/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=b8ehAjLZP18 Molly Maher is the sort of musician you…

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Mel and the Side Effects EP Release with special guests The Pickled Beats (Indie Folk/Americana) $5

Thursday, May 24 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

So… Mel and the Side Effects. A Band with hints of Indie-Folk, Americana and groove. It is bar room harmonies, bursts of harmonica and complex tangles of acoustic bass and guitar. This trio is made up of three long time friends: Dan Scultz, Jeremy Plumb and Mike Haldorson. They have been playing in bands together for more than 15 years and that familiarity makes each show an improvisational unique experience. On the latest EP: The sophomore release from Mike Haldorson…

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Fourth Fridays: The Melvilles (Folk Rock) $7

Friday, May 25 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

David moved in across the alley from Karl. Steve bumped into David at a bar. David took a job at Dan’s company. Dan told us about a family member of his, Brian, and Brian had been in another band with Jeff. We all write and arrange songs together. The result is a friendly mongrel with a twangy, funky, bluesy, jangly, rock & roll bark. THE MELVILLES ARE: Brian Amelang: Keyboards, melodica, mandolin, accordion, fiddle, vocals Dan Andreasen: Saxophone Dan Mackaman:…

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Hank and the Skinny III featuring special guests (Pop Soul) $10

Saturday, May 26 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Hank and the skinny 3 Featuring Michael O’Neill Celebrating the release of there latest single Where are you tonight! Michael O’Neill captures the haunted countrified post-punk-pop soul sound like no other; his hypnotic circular chord progressions sprinkled with delicate thoughtful hooks lead you to a misconceived notion that this stuff is easy when it is anything but. Michael is an artist with a deceptively simple grasp of art and its subtle intricacies. On the outside he is rough- and- ready…

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Lolos Ghost with special guests Mere Kats (Folk Rock/Soul) $6

Thursday, May 31 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Fronted by James Loney, hailed "Twin Cities finest classic rock craftsman" (Minneapolis Star Tribune), Lolos Ghost is a captivating mix of Loney's beautiful lyricism and the smooth melodic rock expertly thread together by local talents, Paul McFarland, Joe Scanlan, GR Svendaal, Terry Isachsen, Jim Steinworth, J.J Benson, and Colleen O. Lolos Ghost has performed in numerous Twin Cities venues, most notably Dakota Jazz Club, 7th Street Entry, Harriet Brewing Company, Whiskey Junction, and the Driftwood Char Bar. "Stories from a…

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June 2018

Marie Miller with special guest Mo (of RADDA RADDA) Americana $7

Monday, June 25 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

When Marie Miller writes a song, she does what all gifted writers do: She looks at her life and into her heart to make sure what she creates comes from real emotion and experience. She also does something none of peers likely do: she searches through classic literature, whether it be Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy or Homer. There, she finds parallels for what she wants to say, channels that inspiration into her lyrics and comes up with something unique: Music that’s immediate…

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December 2018
$25

Live in the RIVER ROOM: Bryan White Holiday Show $25 Adv / $30 Cash Door

Sunday, December 2 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Join us for an intimate night with award-winning country artist Bryan White! Doors 7pm Music 8pm Ticket sales end 12pm noon Sunday Dec 2nd, 2018. Remaining seats and standing room available at 7pm Doors for $30 Cash. NO REFUNDS. NO EXCEPTIONS. SEATING IS FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED. BAR SERVICE ONLY. If you'd like to join us for dinner before or after the show in our Cafe, please make a reservation at 612-379-3138. http://bryanwhite.com https://www.facebook.com/BryanWhiteFans/ Bryan was born in Lawton/Fort Sill,…

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